Doraville, GA. – Signs change from English to Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean and more, since the Bufford Highway goes through one of the most diverse places of all Georgia.
In a state, where less than 5% of the population is only Asian, according to the data of the US census. UU., The Doraville number is around 16%, and many of them have been established at Long this road on Interstate 85, which has become a settlement for immigrants. . To the bustling Asian and Hispanic community of small businesses.
The shooting on Tuesday night in three spas in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, horrified a country that has already staggered from a peak in incidents of hate against Asian Americans. Send a cold atmosphere to restaurants, grocery stores and other companies in Pinetree Plaza and Asian Square on the Buford Highway.
The new image Sue Huey received a text message from her daughter in San Francisco, asking her not to open her shop the next day.
“I was worried about me, I was also worried about him,” Huey said.
Shuai Yang, co-owner of Lanzhou Ramen, who is already concerned about the safety of his family in the midst of anti-Asian returment on social networks and increased the California violence incidents to New York, even more worries the wife And daughter of him.
H Massage is closed at night.
Many of the stores along the Buford Highway have been here for decades, the owners have built communities for them and their children. And on Wednesday morning, still stupefied by the horrible violence that happened about 10 kilometers away in Piedmont Road in Atlanta, returned to work.
Huey opens the main door of her business. Also with H. Massage.
“Do not let the fear overwhelm you,” says Jane Christian, who works at H Massage, “because you’re going to be trapped in a routine for a long time.”
As the shooting news was extended by Doraville on Tuesday night, Wendy Yang felt terrified immediately, especially because she was working on Yini Massage, a spa similar to the three spas that were attacked in the gunman’s fuss.
She said that her co-workers suggested that she bring a weapon to work for safety. But her fears died soon when the Doraville police officer arrived with the news that the suspect, Robert Aaron, had been arrested for the application of the law.
Long, 21, from Woodstock, Georgia, has been charged with eight murder counts. The worker who was recently licensed told the police that he bought a 9 mm gun on the shooting day and used it for a riot destined to a massage room that he frequents as a client. He told the researchers that he pointed to the spa because he had an addiction to sex and wanted to “get rid of” the business that fueled his sexual unit.
Even so, the long arrest did not alleviate all concerns.
Huey continues doing what she has practiced, blocking the doors of her room and does not come out only at night.
Lanzhou Ramen’s Yang is worried about his wife and two daughters who are still at school. “As for me, I’m not too worried, but I’m very worried about her safety, that’s the most important thing,” she said.
The Doraville Police Department helped alleviate tensions, sending officers to stores and restaurants along the Buford motorway to verify the well-being of the Asian community of the city.
The police are not alone in solidarity: the City Council of Doraville approved a resolution a day after shots condemning violence in Atlanta.
The resolution read, in part, “that we all have more work than to do to end the violence and hatred.”
Here, on the Buford highway, reactions to Tuesday night violence were as mixed as the community itself. While some now are more afraid than others, all share the same hope for a better future.
Over time, Huey hopes that violence and hatred will decrease. “I thought I would go,” she said.
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Wendy Yang, from Yini Massage, is determined not to allow this person “crazy” to change her interactions with customers or let her worry about something beyond her